If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus and you would like to file for unemployment, please call the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 or visit their website at twc.texas.gov.


Under normal circumstances, TWC requires the following to file for unemployment:

  • Last employer’s business name and address
  • First and last dates you worked for your previous employer
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week
  • Information related to your normal wage
  • Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)
  • Unemployment insurance (UI) - Department of Labor (DOL) program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers

TWC will make a determination and mail a decision explaining whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed in Congress and signed by President Trump allocated $1 billion for emergency Unemployment Insurance (UI) grants to states.

  • It also requires states to temporarily ease eligibility requirements during this time, including waiving work search requirements and waiting periods, and relieving benefit charges for claimants and employers impacted.